Scotland Seeks to Keep EU Ties Following Exit Vote

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s devolved government said it will seek the widest possible backing in the Scottish parliament to keep its ties with the European Union following last week’s British vote to leave the EU.

A special motion on Tuesday would aim to give Nicola Sturgeon’s devolved government backing for “discussions with the UK government, other devolved administrations, the EU institutions and member states to explore options for protecting Scotland’s relationship with the EU, Scotland’s place in the single market and the social, employment and economic benefits that come from that,” the government said in a statement on Monday.

Calls for a second Scottish independence referendum have grown since Britain as a whole voted to leave the EU last week, despite a large majority of Scots supporting staying in the EU.

Sturgeon has described that as “democratically unacceptable”.

(Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; editing by Stephen Addison)